Friday, 5 June 2015

The Committee is in...

Committee re-opens on the occasion of Lorna Bauer and Jon Knowles' exhibition RENT (June 5 - July 3) at Model -147 Main Street (at Cordova). Opening reception June 5 from 7 - 11pm

Laurie Kang Untitled (Document of) 2013 Signed Ed. of 50 ($50)  
Arrington de Dionyso Le Sacre du Printemps 2014 Ed. 100 ($65)
Jesse Harris Notebook 2013 Ed. 300 ($20)
Anthony Cudahy Drawings 2013-2014 Ed. of 200 ($25)
Ryan Dodgson & Phil Woollam Perish Plains Vol. 2 2014 ($12)
Shawn Kuruneru Graphic Situations #1 2013 Ed. 500 ($1)
Ryan Dodgson Buildings & Bodies 2014 ($15)
Ronin Furdyk Twenty-Four Composers 2013 ($10)
Christa Treadwell Classic Supreme 2013 Ed. 200 ($40)

Monday, 15 September 2014

Good News, Bad News and Silver Linings

Stephen Andrews Forecast, 2006 ($2)
Stephen Andrews (Toronto) will hold a public conversation on art and HIV/AIDS activism with writer Gregg Bordowitz and Visual AIDS Director Nelson Santos at the upcoming New York Art Book Fair.  The event marks the publication of the first volume of Duets, a series initiated by Visual AIDS to foster dialogue between artists, writers and activists about their creative process and issues around HIV/AIDS. 
NYABF at MoMA PS1 Events & Visual AIDS Duets

Eloisa Aquino, The Life and Times of Butch Dykes:  Audre Lorde 2013 ($6)

The Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at the University of British Columbia will present the Vancouver premiere of Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Dagmar Schultz and Dr. Annette Henry (UBC)

Audre Lorde Fall Festival

247 Main until September 20th!

Committee Books' short run with Joda Clement at 247 Main has come to an end. He is moving on to other ventures and avenues and I will become Committee Projects and return from Toronto and the New York Art Book Fair with new artist print- and sound-based publications for you all. And once I have a space to put them in, you are all invited. Can't wait to see you again.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Recent offerings from Les Figues Press at Committee








1.Allison Carter (Los Angeles, US) A Fixed, Formal Arrangement (2008) $15 
 Boundaries or containers or commas... Prose that explores the liminal and 
 indefinite things that comprise everyday life.Divided into two sections:
“In Your Spare Time” & “Garages.”

 2. Jennifer Calkins (Seattle, US) A Story of Witchery (2006) $15
A narrative poem —illustrated by Sarah Lane— that follows an orphan named Emily and her encounters with medicinal fixes and threats.

3. Dodie Bellamy (San Francisco, US) Cunt Norton (2013) $15
Bellamy's treatment of the 1975 edition of the Norton Anthology of Poetry splices 
together the canon of poetry with pornographic text. 

4. Urs Allemann (Basel, CH) Baby Fucker (1991) $13
Translated by Peter Smith. A narrative examination of how a few simple words combine to illustrate the capacity of literature to revolt and stagger. This work was both the focus of a German literary scandal and the winner of the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Preis in 1991. 

5. Melissa Buzzeo (New York, US) For Want and Sound (2012) $15
Lyrical investigations into the fluid, unfixed, undefined and unbounded in, on and around us.

6. Christine Wertheim, editor (Los Angeles, US) Feminaissance (2010) $20
Taking up a perspective outside of the contemporary liminal subject to consider the utility of constructed group identities for those who continue to be Othered to even the most unfixed of ideals, this notion of self serves as a departure point for writing that investigates collectivity; feminine écriture; the politics of writing; text and voice; the body as a site of contestation, insurgence and pleasure; race and writing; gender as performance; writing about other women writers; economic inequities; Hélène Cixous; monstrosity; madness; and aesthetics.

Contributors: Dodie Bellamy, Caroline Bergvall, Meiling Cheng, Wanda Coleman, Bhanu Kapil, Chris Kraus, Susan McCabe, Tracie Morris, Eileen Myles, Maggie Nelson, Vanessa Place, Juliana Spahr, Christine Wertheim, Stephanie Young, Lidia Yuknavitch

7.  Frank Smith (Paris, FR) Guantanamo (2014) $17
Translated by Vanessa Place. Composed of text appropriated from interrogation logs and verbal trials from the Guantanamo naval base tracing a line between document and poetry.
Frank Smith 

8. Stephanie Taylor (Los Angeles, US) Chop Shop (2007) $15
Includes an introduction by Vanessa Place, a conversation with Juli Carson, an essay (in German) by Susanne Prinz, and additional visual art by Danielle Adair.
Stephanie Taylor Studio

9. Christine Wertheim, (Los Angeles, US) +|'me'S-pacedoc. 001.b (2007) $15
Book 1, volume 2 of a wider project known as “For Love Alone” Christina’S-tead.
The author utilizes litteral poetics as a strategy of communication in which words are compounds with independent substance and structure rather than signs with arbitrary associations. Various combinations and permutations are arranged for both the reader’s eye and ear.

“Written in a time when many are questioning if we still need formalism and feminism, Christine Werthiem’s +|’me’S-pace, doc. 001.b is a spirited and fun defense of both. Written, in part, as a didactic instructional manual that cannot keep itself from constantly going astray into beautiful and challenging language play, this is a book that asks crucial questions and reconfigures recent histories. It is essential for its arguments.”
-Juliana Spahr
10. Divya Victor (Buffalo, US/Singapore) Things To Do With Your Mouth (2014) $15
An examination of the mouth as an instrument of the historically contested power of the speech of women through the appropriation of texts ranging from nursery rhymes, contemporary pediatric health websites, biblical passages and Freud’s “Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.”


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Stephen Andrews Editioned Ephemera

The 1st Part of the 2nd Half (2001)

Untitled (1999)
Forecast (2006)

Hoi Polloi (1998)

Stephen Andrews, various ephemera, 1998-2006
Unnumbered Editions of 1000 with artist's embossed signature

$2 each

Each work was published to accompany one of the artist's exhibitions. These tabloid-format newsprint editions are printed on both sides. 

The theme of mediated spectatorship connects all of these works. 

The 1st Part of the 2nd Half (2001) based on Andrews' 2002 exhibition of the same name. The artist investigates the visual boundary between the self and the social, the component and the whole by representing a zoom sequence as it tracks back from a detail of individuals to the moment when they dissolve into the crowd.

Forecast (2006) is based on Andrews’ 2005 work Friendly Fire. A video sequence translated into simulations of four-colour separation prints comprise a few chaotic frames from a war-correspondent's news footage that documents the moment when an unseen, but injured cameraman bleeds onto his lens. Through Andrews' formal decisions and the content of the newsclip, we are reminded of the many layers of conceptual and technological mediation as well as the physical bodies that exist between us and our window to the day's 'Breaking News.'

Untitled (1999) reprints the artist's rendering of a medium shot of crowds as a collage of faces which Andrews' reveals through cut-outs is also a collage of pen and paper.

Hoi Polloi (1998) based on Andrews' work of the same name are drawings simulating long shots of crowds of spectators captured on surveillance tapes. The artist implies that we are caught in a loop in which our view, is another viewer's view of viewers.

 Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Andrews lives and works in Toronto. He exhibits his work regularly and travels extensively.

 Stephen Andrews profile page on the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art site

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Committee is open!

Committee's home, Joda Clement's space at 247 Main St. now has regular hours.
10am - 6pm ( Tues - Fri )/11am - 5pm ( Sat - Sun )

Drop in for chats with Joda or a cup of Bows & Arrows Coffee (Victoria, BC based coffee roasters), freshly prepared juices or tea by the Granville Island Tea Co.

Check out work by Jason McLean, Kate Moss, Liz Knox, Hanna Hur and others! New prints and publications coming soon....